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Album Review

Though blessed with a potent voice, Alcatrazz leader (and purported star) Graham Bonnet was heavily dependent on the songwriting skills of his cohorts. Each album is therefore a reflection of the particular guitarist involved, resulting in a stylistic inconsistency that failed to attract a loyal following for the band. As such, their 1983 debut No Parole from Rock'n'Roll sounds a lot like guitarist Yngwie J. Malmsteen's later solo albums. Still, this is an excellent record, successfully fusing Bonnet's tuneful screaming, Jimmy Waldo's tasteful Rainbow-derived keyboard textures, and Malmsteen's blinding dexterity and speed. The nearly perfect "Island in the Sun" is the album's absolute high point, and it's a wonder the song didn't become a huge hit. And while "Jet to Jet" sounds like little more than a Rainbow outtake, the epic "Kree Nakoorie" showcases Malmsteen and Waldo at their best. Other highlights include the amusing "Too Young to Die, Too Drunk to Live" and "Bigfoot," with its scorching Malmsteen riff. In short, a fine record that any hard rock enthusiast will appreciate.

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Amazing On So many levels… One of a Kind

Calling Fans of Yngwie Malmsteen… Calling Fans of Graham Bonnet… Calling fans of any kind of music at all, this is the ultimate record, hard rock, heavy metal or otherwise. Let me attempt to break it down step by step. First of all lets look at one of the most un-obvious strengths this record has. It's lyrics. They range from playfully joyful (Island in The Sun), Political (Hiroshima Mon Amour, Too Young To Die, Too Drunk To Live), Dark and Brooding (General Hospital) to finally, typical fantasy metal themes (Suffer me, Kree Nakoorie, Big Foot). That is just a tasteful side dish to this outstanding record. Lets move to the meat and potatoes. Anyone who was around during this time period know's that Graham Bonnet established himself in 79-80 as lead singer for legendary heavy metal band Rainbow (which was Ritchie Blackmore's brainchild) during his tenure in Rainbow many were exposed to Bonnet's incredibly strong and expressive range of singing. The Point being it comes acorss here spectacularly, Bonnet is exrpressive in every song and really shows his range. But now, what everyone wants to hear about: Yngwie. Yes this is Yngwie's second and final release as part of a band (His first was with Steeler) and if u ask me Yngwie works the best within a band. His Solos on this record are some of the most inspired in his whole career. Not to downplay his solo career, but imo Yng never quite had a singer as memorable as Bonnet. And the fact that he was in a band encouraged him to write real fully formed songs, as opposed to shred-fests with vocals occasionally latched onto them (not that i don't love shred-fests :) Yngwie's riffs are also some of the best i have ever heard come out of him (Hiroshima Mon Amour comes to mind as a standout) His Solos are incredible. From the Bright and Sunny Island in the Sun to the propulsive Too Young To Die, Too Drunk To Live, this is Yngwie at his creative best. Get this incredible record and show to the world that Alcatrazz deserves a place in rock n' roll history

One of the best Hard Rock records ever!

So great to see this highly underrated record back, and remastered on itunes! This is one of the very few discs from "back in the day" that I have spun on a regular basis throughout all these years. Genius song-writing, guitar-playing from Yngwie Malmsteen (his best ever, most believe), and most of all, the legendary pipes of the only guy to ever don a Miami Vice jacket and cop sunglasses and make it cool! Graham Bonnet is one of the best vocalists ever, and he tragically seems to never have carved out a proper spot in the pantheon of Hard Rock/Metal. Shame really, cuz his vocal melodies have always been butter. Just a joy to listen to. If you haven't heard it for awhile, listen again and see just how amazingly well it holds up. If you've never heard it, what are you waiting for?! This record smokes on every level!

Everyone must hear this...

I am about to download what was for me and many others like me, THE guitar moment of the early 80s. I searched for it before but here it is and I await the refrains of Hiroshima Mon Amour rushing over me in the next few moments. The moment I heard guitar LIKE THAT, on the radio in my hometown, speeding to my friend's house (who later attended GIT) to tell him of the revelation, beyond Rush, Maiden, Randy, Eddie, etc. to the shred level that would soon BE guitar. Since then, I have re-enjoyed them all in their own place, but Alcatrazz and Yngwie, ah, the MOMENT it happened. Everyone enjoy Alcatrazz...to me 80s guitar didn't ever get much better...

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '00s, '10s

Alcatrazz was originally formed as a vehicle for vocalist Graham Bonnet, but became famous for introducing budding guitar heroes instead, namely Swedish phenom Yngwie...
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